Canandaigua VA workers exposed to asbestos, Crisis Line renovation stopped

Dozens of Canandaigua VA workers were exposed to the dangers of asbestos during the renovation of Building 36 for the Veterans Crisis Line, according to the workers’ union.

“We don’t know exactly who all was exposed, but between 34 and 38 individuals came forward,” said David Palmer, business representative for SEIU 200 United. Workers involved in the renovation project to enlarge the Crisis Line center included firefighters, police officers and those involved in construction, engineering and cleanup jobs, said Palmer.

VA workers with SEIU 200 United filed a complaint in April with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA responded with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and VA Inspector General’s office. A stop-work order was issued immediately.

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